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Bebop Spoken There

Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Christmas comes but twice a year - It could only happen in America!

My dear friend Lydia Diel, out there in New Jersey, sent me this brief report on a gig by the Ocean Grove Summer Band that she'd went to last Thursday at  the Ocean Grove Pavilion on the Jersey Shore. 
Sounds like it was a hoot!
Let Lydia tell it:
Despite the 90 degrees August weather, the band had decided on a Christmas programme!!  They were so good and blended two carols together to make a jazzy sound.  There were not only carols but can you imagine Greensleeves being jazzed up like these guys did?
There was a disturbance towards the end when a fire engine with all its sirens blaring came screaming along the waterfront and stopped right outside the open air pavilion.  Everyone was so afraid there was another fire (so many just now because of the hot weather) and stood up wondering what was happening.
SANTA CLAUS JUMPED OUT AND ROLLED DOWN AMONG THE CROWDS THROWING CHRISTMAS CANDY OUT!!    It was so unbelievable and funny.
Didn't seem to make it any cooler though!
Lydia.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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